‘Black Widow Murders’: True Story—Blanche Taylor Moore, Lifetime Movie


Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story was a true story, a made-for-tv movie based on the crimes of Blanche Taylor Moore. Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story first aired as a Monday night movie on May 03, 1993 on NBC. Lifetime Television showed the film throughout the 1990s. The real story was based on Preacher’s Girl, a book by Jim Schutze. It stars Elizabeth Montgomery, David Clennon, and John M. Jackson.


Plot: Blanche meets a faithful pastor and weds him, but when the pastor takes ill on their honeymoon, detectives focus their attention on Blanche Moore, his sweet church-going wife. The original Black Widow Murders tagline read this way.

“She was a loving wife, a passionate lover, and a trusted friend. What made Blanche love all her men to death?”

Black Widow Murders True Story

Blanche Taylor Moore, a minister’s daughter was convicted of the 1986 murder of Raymond Reid, her lover. The case came to the authority’s attention in 1989 after her husband, Rev. Dwight Moore fell sick, which prompted police to examine how Raymond Reid died.

The investigation showed Blanche Taylor Moore had been at Raymond Reid’s bedside while he was hospitalized. According to the nurses, she doted on him and brought him tasty homemade treats. However, every time Raymond ate the food, he became sicker and later died. In the beginning, Doctors thought he had an autoimmune disease until medical examiners determined that Raymond Reid’s death was not from natural causes.

Two years later, Blanche Taylor Moore started a courtship with Dwight Moore. Church members say she seemed like a caring and kind woman until her true nature was exposed. Had it not been for Dwight Moore, Blanche Taylor Moore would have gotten away with the perfect murder.

After combing through her background, investigators found there were other family members who died under similar conditions: her father, P.D. Kiser, her mother-in-law, Isla Taylor, and her first husband, James N. Taylor. At trial, Rev. Dwight Moore helped seal her fate.


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  • Experts say she had issues with her daddy.
  • Blanche met Raymond Reid at Kroger’s Grocery Store, the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • She is listed as Blanche K. Moore at the North Carolina Dept. of Corrections site.

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Black Widow Murders’ NBC/Lifetime movie was directed by Alan Metzger and written by Judith Paige Mitchell. Andrea Baynes and Judith Paige Mitchell were the executive producers. The IMDB says the movie was produced by Andrea Baynes Productions, Lorimar Television, and Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions.

Blanche Moore’s case was presented in the crime TV series, Deadly Women, on Investigation Discovery. The episode is called “Revenge.” The story was also covered in the documentary series New Detectives in 1999.

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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.